Everything a Man Should Be – A Poem on Relationships

Everything a Man Should Be
Malcolm Whyman
Malcolm Whyman

I’m everything a man should be.
I’m as constant as the rolling sea.
I’m tall and dark and handsome I’m generous and kind.
You could search the whole world over, no better man you’d find.
Yes I’m everything a man should be.

Your job is looking beautiful domestic chores are mine.
I buy you roses every Friday warm you slippers chill you wine.
I never notice other women when I take you out to dine.
I hang upon your every word and worship at your shrine.
Yes I’m everything a man should be.

Your word is my command I feed you morsels from my plate.
My eyes engage you constantly, my destiny my fate.
I take the weight upon my elbows just like a man should do.
I forgo all selfish pleasure and concentrate on you.
Yes I’m everything a man should be.

I never let you lift a finger I could never do enough.
Then I caught you in the shower with this sweaty bit of rough.
You said some times I like a man who’s elegant and cool.
At other times I like a man who’s masterful and cruel.
But you were everything a man should be.

Some times a woman wants a man who drags her by the hair.
And takes her like a savage on an ice- cold leather chair.
She said my dear it’s over, the papers have been signed.
You must understand a woman has the right to change her mind.
But you were everything a man should be.

Malcolm Whyman  – Malcolmwhy@hotmail.co.uk

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From a young age, writing was an attempt to resolve the mysteries of life. Reading other people’s work was an important part of that.

Boredom could a problem, which in my case, was offset by the library and the cinema. Leading one to contemplate that marriage was perhaps the default position in life. And so it was that, as a young man, it was through wedded bliss that I sought my salvation. I was mightily disappointed! Not least because my sexual expectations were far from fulfilled.

Two years and two attempts at a meaningful career later, my marriage was at an end. I found myself driving a crane in a London scrapyard and suffering from a debilitating depression.

Back in Nottingham and among friends, I eventually recovered and ever the optimist embarked on marriage once again, with much the same results as the first time. Only this time I was overwhelmed by a surfit of sex.

All this domestic chaos resulted in the outline of my book, ‘The Onion Peeler’. Throwing caution to the wind, I hitched down to Cornwall and a new career as a craft jeweller. But it also gave me the opportunity to complete the first draft of my Novel.

The end of the tourist season saw me broke and looking for work. An offer of a couple of weeks work at a scenery firm in Nottingham found me back home again and taken on for a couple of seasons by the scenery firm.

A contretemps with the management of the scenery firm saw me back on the cobbles again and contemplating fifteen years of work with nothing to show for it.

I barely owned the clothes I stood up in, little knowing at the time, that things were about to change for the better. Via a short stint in a junk shop, I was about to embark on a career in the antique shipping trade

Money was still tight in the seventies, mortgages were difficult, to get and bank loans even harder. Getting a wedge to start up a business was almost impossible.

Meeting Tony in the junk shop was nothing short of a miracle.

Tony had money, contacts and a car. It was said at the time, that all a buccaneering spirit needed to get into the antique shipping business, was a car, a roof rack and a tank full of petrol.

Tony had all those things and more, he was probably at that time, one of the smartest seventeen year olds in the country. From almost a standing start, within two years we were rich. Big house, fancy cars, continental holidays and expensive dinners, the usual indulgences of those with more money than sense. So It would have continued had Tony not got the creative bug.

Our nemesis was the first commercial pottery in Nottingham. Its capacity to consume money was prodigious and despite a huge injection of cash, from a legacy left to Tony by his father, it was to no avail and we went bankrupt.

We were rescued by a phenomenal rise in the price of gold and silver. So for nearly two years we became bullion dealers and made enough money to set up a shipping business in America.

The nature of our business was such that it allowed me to spend time on music and writing. Until now, in semi-retirement, I can concentrate on those things full time.

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